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ELECTION DIARY Feb 4th: Posters up … the long wait is over

Over the next 22 days GreenNews will bring you coverage of Ireland’s General Election 2016 in our Election Diary. We will catch up the parties and cover who stands to deliver when it comes to environmental protection, sustainable development and future proofing the country. On day 1 of the campaign we may have posters up be we are far from having everybody’s stall set out. Today we look at AAA/PBP and Renua.

Six Irish birds AT RISK from more slash and burn

Hedgerows provide a vital refuge to many native wildlife species that face a landscape with little native woodland in comparison to other countries. Existing rules outline how landowners have six months between September and February to manage hedgerows and uplands effectively and there is provision for hedge cutting for safety on our roads. A decision such as this is unjustifiable; it will result in a severe blow to many wildlife species here are six of them.

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Climate change needs to be an election issue, say An Taisce

The charity, which works to preserve Ireland’s natural and built heritage, sets out seven key areas that must be acted upon to reduce carbon emissions and prevent runaway climate change. They appeal to the electorate to “question canvassers and candidates vigorously”, as well as directly seeking political parties’ policies on the issues.

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COP21 Fallout: What do we want? Climate justice….possibly.

The dust has settled on December’s COP21 Paris conference, where 196 countries signed a landmark agreement to act on Climate Change, and all eyes are now on our own leaders who have ambitious commitments to honour. But does the agreement really tie our leaders down to taking any meaningful action?

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Go Naked – it’s so much better!

VOICE, an Irish environmental charity that campaigns for the responsible use of resources, is urging consumers to go naked. In an effort to free us all from the hassle of getting through unnecessary packaging on many everyday products, the Dublin-based charity recommends buying naked or unpackaged items where possible.